May is Melanoma Awareness Month, Get Yourself Checked

Posted by Shelley Langley on

With spring there is always a list of things to do for the upcoming summer season and for those of us that spend a great deal of time outdoors, I am a firm believer in booking an appointment with a dermatologist to get your skin checked.  

Skin cancer knows no racial boundaries, or skin pigmentation types. 

My recent trip to Jamaica taught me that even my favorite musician Bob Marley died from the spread of melanoma to his brain and lungs causing his death.  Having spent plenty of time outdoors as a child playing football in bare feet, he acquired melanoma on his big toe.  Though the cause of his death may come as a surprise to some, having spent a couple of weeks on the island myself, his presence during his life is what created him into a legend. 

This month is Melanoma Awareness month and if there is one message that I wish to convey now that I am older is that "tanning" is not healthy.  Many stories can be found where people have tanned in the past and ended up with skin cancer.  Tanning is in fact, damaging your skin cells and the increase in skin pigment, called melanin, which causes the tan color change in your skin is the sign of damage. The reason why you tan in the first place is that the skin is exposed to UV radiation, and it increases the production of melanin in an attempt to protect the skin.  This summer when you head outdoors make sure to cover up with a hat, sun protective clothing and use sunscreen daily and remember healthy skin is not tanned or burnt. 

One the unique products that we offer is a UV rubber bracelet that indicates the amount of UV exposure you are receiving.  Starting at white for zero it changes color and purple indicates it is time to apply sunscreen and cover up.

For the month of May, all sales from this product will be donated to the Canadian Skin Cancer Foundation.

Make the new trend this summer in fashion to have healthy skin.